R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to 15-year-old girl

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R Kelly is facing new bribery charges for scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.

The revised indictment, filed yesterday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a bribe in exchange for a “fraudulent identification document” for someone identified only as “Jane Doe” on August 30, 1994.

A day later, Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah in a secret ceremony he arranged at a hotel in Chicago. The marriage was annulled months later because of her age.

Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.

-Noah Harte